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INSTAGRAM: @isis_ni

Please introduce yourself and tell us about what you do.

My name is Isis, and I am an artist, mom and model. My paintings capture small moments of joy in contemporary snapshots. Inspired by the colorful home I live in with my partner and our son, my paintings depict our everyday life in an honest way while creating their own narratives. Living with a two year old and experiencing life through his eyes is a key source of inspiration to me. His perception and associations play a huge part in my creation.

„There are always flowers for those who want to see them“ (Matisse) is a quote that guides me through my work as an artist. Finding beauty in the everyday moments and translating it for other people to experience, giving them a moment of escapism and joy is the reason I create. Especially in Covid-times with society’s longing for lightheartedness I wanted to share those moments that enrich my life so much.

From memories of summer holidays to euphoric breakfasts with a toddler the still lives capture moments full of energy. Playing with proportions and perspectives, while using bold colors creates lively yet balanced compositions.

Could you explain more about how being a woman has affected your career?

Becoming a mom has impacted my career in a positive way. In my mission to be a good mom, I have found the courage to be who I want to be, to be honest with myself and allow myself to do what I feel joy for. But if you see it the other way around it’s kind of sad that it took me to become a mother in order to allow myself to be an artist. I think boys and men are way more encouraged to thrive for their dreams and as a result in that way more confident in their doing.

Can you name some other female (artist) that inspires you and explain why they do so?

I really admire Johanna Dumet, Monja Gentshow, Denise Rudolf Frank and Nadia Jaber. Their art feels honest and real, it touches and inspires me.

What has been the most challenging aspect of being a female artist?

Since my art so far has mainly worked via Instagram and my website - I don’t really belong to any „art scene“. But maybe that is my challenge, to find an organic way in, without being judged for also doing Instagram. But I have an amazing group of friends supporting me and being there all along the way, opening doors and hyping me up.

What would you like people to notice in your artwork?

I want people to feel joy, to find a way into child-like perspectives, maybe remembering their own childhood. Opening their minds for seeing the small details in everyday life.

Isis-Maria is wearing our Alugano top and Ancaster knit-vest.